Make A Wish
Today is the Turkish festival of Hıdrellez commemorating when prophets Hızır and Ilyas met on earth. According to this account, having drunk from the water of life, Hızır symbolizes spring, and the new life emerging with it. He benevolently "wanders around among people from time to time, especially in the spring, and helps people in difficulty and distributes plenty and health."
When my mother-in-law lived in Isparta she would place coins in the roses for Hızır to bless them. Once the Hıdrellez festival was over, she would give us the coins to carry in our wallets throughout the year.
In another tradition, people attach their wishes to the nahıl tree like the one that the Armada Hotel organizes in Ahırkapı.
One of my favorite nahıl trees is on display at Nahıl boutique in Taksim.
However you celebrate today, be sure you make a wish.
It will surely come true.
Hıdrellez Festival Announcement: hidrellez.org
Ahırkapı Nahıl Tree: hidrellez.org
Nahıl Boutique: wikimedia.org